Edgecomb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Edgecomb begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived at the edge of the valley. The surname Edgecomb originally derived from the Old English word Eggcombe. The surname Edgecomb is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Early Origins of the Edgecomb family

The surname Edgecomb was first found in Devon where the original ancestor Richard Edgcumbe was Lord of Edgecumbe in 1292. [1] "In the reign of Edward III, William Edgcumbe, second son of the house of Edgcumbe, having married the heiress of Cotehele, in the parish of Calstock, removed into Cornwall, and was the ancestor of the Edgcumbes of Cotehele and Mount Edgcumbe, Earls of Mount Edgcumbe (1789)" [1]

"Mount-Edgcumbe House, [in Maker, south-east Cornwall] the noble seat of the Edgcumbe family, and from which its representative derives the title of Earl, was originally built in the reign of Mary, and, with the exception only of Salcombe, was the last garrison that held out for Charles I.; it occupies an elevated site, commanding an extensive prospect, and its domain presents a variety of beautiful scenery." [2] It was built by Sir Richard Edgcumbe between 1547 and 1553 and later destroyed during World War II but was restored in the late 1950s.

Calstock in Cornwall was another ancient home of the family. "This singular mansion is delightfully situated on the banks of the Tamar, which winds along the vale, the sides of which are covered with luxuriant fertility. This place gave name to a very ancient family, that became extinct in the male line so early as the reign of Edward III. The heiress of this family was afterwards married to "William de Eggecombe," who fixed his residence at Cotehele. The present house was built by Sir Richard Edgcumbe in the reign of Henry VII. ; and from its high state of preservation, it exhibits to the curious a fine specimen of a mansion house of that age." [3]

Early History of the Edgecomb family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edgecomb research. Another 264 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1499, 1562, 1536, 1608, 1540, 1587, 1563, 1570, 1639, 1586, 1629, 1609, 1667, 1640, 1667, 1640, 1688, 1661, 1679, 1679, 1681 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Edgecomb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Edgecomb Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Edgecomb has undergone many spelling variations, including Edgecombe, Edgecomb, Edgecumb, Edgecumbe and others.

Early Notables of the Edgecomb family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Richard Edgcumbe (1499-1562), an English courtier and politician; Peter Edgcumbe or Edgcombe (1536-1608), an English politician; Richard Edgecombe (c. 1540-1587), of Cotehele, Cornwall, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Totnes in 1563; Sir Richard Edgcumbe (c 1570-1639), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1586 and 1629; Piers Edgecumbe (c.1609-1667), an English...
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Edgecomb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Edgecomb migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Edgecomb were among those contributors:

Edgecomb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Edgecomb, aged 36, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Richard Edgecomb, aged 20, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1843 [4]
  • James Edgecomb, aged 26, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1843 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Edgecomb (post 1700) +

  • Elizabeth Edgecomb, American model and beauty pageant contestant, Miss Maine 2004
  • Peter Edgecomb, American politician and educator, Member of the Maine House of Representatives (2004-2012)
  • J. Frank Edgecomb, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Groton, 1912 [5]
  • Howard A. Edgecomb, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Groton, 1921-22; Defeated, 1904 [5]
  • Ernest I. Edgecomb, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 5th District, 1925-36; Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court 4th Department, 1933 [5]
  • Diane J. Edgecomb (b. 1920), American Republican politician, Candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors, 1976 [5]
  • D. Webster Edgecomb, American politician, Secretary of State of Connecticut, 1873; Appointed 1873 [5]


The Edgecomb Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Au playsir fort de dieu
Motto Translation: In high-pleasure of God


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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